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Hilary Fred Snell Edit Profile

Hilary Fred Snell, American lawyer. Bar: Michigan 1959, United States District Court (western district) Michigan 1959. Named Conservationist of Year, Kent County Conservation League, 1974; recipient C.R. Evenson Environmental award Western Michigan chapter Trout Unlimited, 1975.


Snell, Hilary Fred was born on July 17, 1934 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of Frank Yeargan and Edna (Westfall) Snell.


Colgate University (Bachelor of Arts, 1956). University of Michigan (Juris Doctor, 1959).


Partner, McCobb & Heaney, Grand Rapids, 1959-1967;partner, Wheeler, Upham, Bryant & Uhl, Grand Rapids, 1967-1975;partner, Schmidt, Howlett, Van't Hof, Snell & Vana, Grand Rapids, 1975-1983;partner, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, Grand Rapids, since 1983;managing partner, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett, 1983-1985, 93-.


Member Grand Rapids Child Guidance Clinic, 1960-1966, president, 1965-1966. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1968. Chairman Kent County Republican Committee, 1966-1968, 5th Congressional District Committee, 1969-1971, Michigan council Trout Unlimited, 1971, Gerald Ford for Congress Committee, Grand Rapids, 1972.

Chairman Michigan Natural Resources Commission, 1971-1983, member, 1974-1979. Trustee Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, East Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 1979, chairman, 1985-1988. Treasurer Henry for Congress committee, since 1985.

Chairman, trustee Ferguson Blodgett Foundation, since 1992. Sergeant United States Army, 1959-1960. Member American Bar Association, State Bar Michigan, Peninsular Club, Athletic Club, Watershed Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: trout fishing, skiing.


Married Constance Mae Zick, October 26, 1963. Children: Hilary Edmund, Travis James.